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What is Partygate that may cost UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson his job?

Essentially, a lot of partying and bragging about the partying, when the rest of the nation was home alone

January 29, 2022 / 10:01 AM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to resign over Partygate and has said that he is waiting for investigation reports to clear the air

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to resign over Partygate and has said that he is waiting for investigation reports to clear the air

Partygate? It’s a term used by the UK press to refer to the flouting of the pandemic protocol by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his aides.


What did they do? They seem to have organised a series of parties over 2020 and 2021, which was against the country’s Covid-19 rules, and even bragged about getting away with it. Subsequent revelations have opened a can of party-hat-wearing, confetti-spewing worms.Oh! Yes. It was a Daily Mirror report from November 2021 that brought the whole thing to light. It told about a Christmas party that had been held the previous year at No 10 Downing Street, which is where the country’s prime minister lives and runs an office from. Johnson skirted the issue saying none of the regulations had been flouted, but a few days later a leaked video showed a senior No 10 staffer joking about the party… Johnson was forced to order an investigation.

What did it find? The first one, led by cabinet secretary Simon Case, did not submit its report because Case had to excuse himself from the investigation… Case’s office, it seemed, had been a venue for one of the parties. The second one was led by another senior civil servant Sue Gray, who was supposed to publish her report this week.

Why hasn't she? The Met police had launched their own investigation after Gray's had started. So now the police wants her to keep out references that could influence Met's probe. Gray is trying to hit the right balance--between giving a fair report and holding back information that could be considered prejudicial.